Course details

  • Study time: 2-4h

  • Target audience: Bachelor/Master students/Industry/academia representatives in the field of (Bio)chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome video

    • Meet the teachers

    • Learning objectives

    • What do you want to learn?

    • Become familiar with the learning platform

    • How to obtain your course certificate

  • 2

    Why LCA in the chemical industry?

    • Discussion on life-cycle approach

    • Advantages of life-cycle approach

  • 3

    LCA Steps & Examples

    • LCA Framework

    • The Goal

    • The Scope: Functional Unit

    • Exercise: Functional Unit

    • The Scope: System Boundaries

    • Exercise: System Boundaries

    • Data Inventory

    • Exercise: Data Inventory

    • Life cycle impact assessment

    • Exercise: Life cycle impact assessment

    • Interpretation

    • Case study: The four steps of LCA - Concluding Exercise

    • The Industrial Production of Renewables - Based Propylene Glycol

    • The production of 1–propanol from alternative and underutilised methane rich feedstocks

    • Additional reading material

  • 4

    Challenges and opportunities in the chemical industry

    • Allocation

    • Circularity

    • Biogenic carbon in LCA

    • Exercise Challenges

  • 5

    LCA in a European context

    • The European Commission - Views on Environmental Footprint

    • Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

  • 6


    • Take home lessons

    • What did you learn?

    • Help us to improve this course

    • Thanks to our sponsors


Postdoctoral researcher

Pieter Nachtergaele

Pieter Nachtergaele (°1992) is postdoctoral researcher and educator at the department of Green Chemistry and Technology at Ghent University.

Postdoctoral Reseacher

Gwenny Thomassen

Postdoctoral Reseacher at the Circular Economy Policy Research Center (Ghent University and University of Antwerp)